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After a week of cougar, moose and other wildlife sightings in cities, expect more animal encounters in Utah as the valleys warm

Posted at 7:24 AM, Mar 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-02 21:48:44-05

A spate of appearances by cougar and moose — and one intrepid mountain goat — in cities along the Wasatch Front has animal lovers reaching for their binoculars and wildlife officials warning that more close encounters could be coming. TheSalt Lake Tribune reports.

“March is a very important month to keep your eyes open,” said Scott Root, conservation outreach manager for the state Division of Wildlife Resources’ central region.

Since last week, a mother and two juvenile cougars roamed into the backyard of a Millcreek home, peeking in the resident’s window; a mountain goat was caught on camera by police in Cottonwood Heights; a mother and juvenile moose were captured in Bountiful and taken to the Uinta Mountains near Kamas; and Bluffdale Elementary School enacted its emergency protocols after a cougar was spotted at a park across the street.

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